Everyone Loves Decks
Decks are likely the most popular form of constructed outdoor spaces for homes. They adorn many single-family houses, and those that don't have them will get them soon. There are several reasons for this popularity. They provide a firm, flat surface for activities; they look great; and they provide a great location from which to see everything around.
Wooden decks have a natural appearance, and are easy to build at any desired height. This makes them the top form in many areas. Since they can be made at any desired size, they're great whether you just want a place to seat two people or a location for parties with 20 or more guests. Barbecuing out on the deck is a favorite activity for owners. Homeowners also like to sit out on their decks and observe their surroundings. Benches can be built in so that there is never any worry about the furniture blowing away in a storm or otherwise ending up where it isn't supposed to be.
There are several other options for outdoor spaces, and these can stand alone or work in conjunction with decks. Patios are direct alternatives to decks, and these are often used when the homeowner wants a hard surface directly on the ground. Because of the ground placement, patios are usually made of stone, brick, or a similar rot-proof material.
These concepts can be taken to any degree desired. Some homes have multi-level decks that have a stone patio at ground level, while others have hot tubs built into their decks. Those who are more budget-conscious typically get a basic deck, which has only one level and no built-in accoutrements. Even basic versions look great and improve the property value of a house, as well as providing a great base for enjoying the outdoors.